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Projections on a Triptych; or a Hagiology for Our Time 1

WithEdwin S. Shneidman

This chapter begins with the saint of the nomothetic. The middle, and perhaps most important, saint is St. Herman. He was an early divine who is noted for his preaching among the mountains and near the lakes, and is known to have died an untimely death after delivering his ten tablets-each remarkable for its ambiguity-to an eager world. The propositions within contemporary psychology appear to be amenable to division among a relatively few major different degrees of confirmation, conceptual buttressing and/or empirical verification. Within psychology, there appears to be a certain range, containing perhaps no more than three or four more-or-less similar degrees of precision of prediction and exactness of repeatability compared with the larger number of precision-uncertainty positions within the totality of sciences and disciplines.